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Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Dealing with Multi-Console and Multi-Media devices

I took my first peek at my new Psyclone Source Selector today as I unboxed from it's shipping shell this afternoon. My Audio/Video setup has been in a state of disarray since the holiday arrival of both my Playstation 3 and Nintendo Wii. I am pretty excited about trying it out!

It was a difficult decision to even purchase the source selector and additional gadgets to the home theater and gaming setup. However, my current setup is very quickly being outdated. (Sony DA333ES Receiver & Sony KP-51HW40 HDTV) My received does not support component video in and my TV does not support HDMI input for true 1080p video. A quick scan of appropriate upgrades of the Sony TV, receiver (STR-DA3200ES), and the additional speakers in to complete the 7.1 sound would run into $5k range. Awfully expensive in my opinion to get the additional detail.

In terms of fulfilling the requirements, I basically have 4 devices that have component video and optical audio. (Sony PS3, Nintendo Wii, Sony 5-DVD Changer, Motorola/Time Warner Moxi HD/DVR device) I looked over a few options, including the Team Xtender adapters that I read about on Engadet. The basic issue that I ran into, is that the majority of the devices were meant to handle the video switching -- not including the audio.

That's when I came across the Pysclone Source Selector at Best Buy over the weekend. After seeing it had the features I wanted, but not being sure of it -- I bought it elsewhere for a pretty good price.

This weekend, I plan to install, test and see how it works. I am hoping it will solve the cable disaster I currently have until I can invest in the additional technology to do this out of the box. On that note, my receiver has been relegated to a dolby decoder and amplifier. However, it's still serving faithfully after 7 years.

Have you tried the Psyclone Source Selector? If so, let me know how it worked for you!